Namaste

Probably the most asked about word – in terms of what it means – in our line of stones and tokens is Namaste.  For those that don’t automatically know what it means, it definitely is an attention getter.  I was familiar with the word in the general sense, but decided to dig a little further…

(From:  Phylamean lila Desy’s Holistic Healing Glossary, as found on About.com Holistic Healing)

Definition:  Namaste is a Hindi salutation or greeting. The word Namaste is a combination of the two Sanskrit words: nama, and te. Basically, nama means “to bow” and te means “you.”

Interpretation:  The God/Goddess Spirit within me recognizes and honors the God/Goddess Spirit within you.

Mudra of Namaste:  Hands are held together at the palms in front of the heart or brow chakra. Head is bowed slightly downward. Eyes are sometimes closed.

A Yogic Thank You:  Yoga students often repeat “Namaste” at the end of each class as a thank you, honoring their instructor.

Equalizer:  Namaste is significant because it is a humbling gesture. Namaste is done as a recognition that we are all on equal standings, all of us are children of divinity. We are one.

Who Can Namaste?  Namaste can be used as a greeting for all ages, all genders, all races. Namaste greetings can be given to friends, family members, and also strangers.

Written Notation:  The word “Namaste” is often used as a closing notation (without the accompanying prayerful hand and bowing head gestures) in written communications similar to “sincerely,” “best regards” or “love.”

Pronunciation: Nah-mah-stay

What a lovely word and gesture!  Equalizing and peaceful.  I think I need to use it more in my life!

Namaste,
Brenda

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